The Painting Research Group at Belfast School of Art will be holding an exhibition at PS² Spencer House first floor project space from Monday 16th September, with a related painting symposium at The MAC on Friday 27th September. More details to follow.

A Man Saw a Ball of Gold in The Sky’ will be auctioned as part of an exhibition for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Northern Ireland, opening on Belfast Culture Night, Friday 21st September at the Ulster University Gallery on York Street.


Review in Cent Magazine

Article by Alex Scott in Cent Magazine: cent magazine

Begun as an ongoing series in 2014, under the working title ‘It’s All Over For Us Now’, these works on album slip covers and sleeves utilise something that is ready-to-hand and quick to work on. Old LPs picked up in second-hand shops, which often go on the record player to provide background music in the studio, become like studio companions- Judy Collins, Randy Edelman, Joan Baez and Charles Aznavour. And Human League’s ‘Travelogue’.

Painting in Art Schools


This book can be pre-ordered via amazon now; out in September 2016.

‘Teaching Painting’ addresses the historical, theoretical, pedagogical and continually shifting methods of how the medium is taught. It asks how and why approaches to teaching painting have changed and developed and offers a platform through which practices and experience can be shared. The book includes contributions by: Maggie Ayliffe and Christian Mieves, Gordon Brennan, Ian Gonczarow, Sarah Horton and Sarah Longworth-West, Sean Kaye, John McClenaghan, Dougal McKenzie, Alistair Payne, David Rayson, Craig Staff, Daniel Sturgis, Sarah Taylor, Joseph Wright and Stuart MacKenzie.

Discussion: Studio Concepts, Memoirs & Portraits

I will be chairing a discussion at The Irish Museum of Modern Art on the place of the artist’s studio:

Tuesday 12 April 2016, 6 – 7pm, Lecture Room, IMMA
Examining the context and place of the artist’s studio, this discussion draws on Edward McGuire’s studio as a catalyst for reflection on the shifting role, function and critique of the artist studio in arts practice and discourse today. Speakers include Nick Miller artist, Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, and discussion moderator Dougal McKenzie, artist and Lecturer in Painting, Ulster University.

IMMA booking link

Panel Discussion on Patrick Procktor

I will be discussing my interest in the work of Patrick Procktor on a panel at Arts University Bournemouth, on the 14th January 2016. This co-incides with the opening of a major new show of the artist’s work, organsied and curated by Dr. Ian Massey who has written widely on this often overlooked painter.

Details here: UAB Procktor Exhibition